Duncans in Greene Co. AL


Duncan research files of
Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson
the Genealogy Bug

Last revised December 14, 2003

Formed 1819 from Marengo, Tuscaloosa
Hale formed 1867 from Greene, Marengo, Perry, Tuscaloosa


1830 Greene Co. AL Census, Southern
Pg.395  Duncan, D. (Do.?)    2000,1    - 2201
          (first name just above was Philemon)
          (MAD: Dawson Duncan, 1840 & 1850 Chickasaw
            Co. MS census; Dawson Duncan had land
            warrant 12/6/1833 in Sec.34 Twp.24 R.1W)

1840 Greene Co. AL Census
Pg.128  J.D. Duncan          0000,1    - 0

1850 Greene Co. AL Census
Pg.273, #448, James D. DUNCAN 35 SC farmer $1200
                  Eleaner E. 30 AL
                  James O. 5, Augustus M. 3 AL
                  David W. 2 AL
                  John HITE 40 SC
                  David WILLIAMS 23 AL physician
                  (MAD: James D. Duncan mar. Eleanor Elizabeth Hitt 3/7/1841; Oak Hill Cemetery, Eutaw, AL, James D. Duncan b. 4/16/1813 Newberry Dist. SC, d. 7/18/1885; Eleanor E. Duncan b. 6/20/1820, d. 6/21/1885; from "Greene Co. AL Records" Vol.17, by Pauline Gandrud; their children bur. in Mesopotamia Cemetery, Eutaw, AL)

1860 Greene Co. AL Census
Pg.796, #13, Wm. R. POOL 34 AL weagon maker $1000-$0
                  Lutitia A. (f) 31 AL
                  Geo. R. 4, Mary E. 2 AL
                  Margaret A. 2/12 AL
                  Levi A.W. PRISOCK? 21 AL wagon maker
                  Dudley (m) LOGAN 14, Martha 9 AL
                  Daniel DUNCAN 57 PA methodist preacher $0-$2000
                  Rachael 45 SC
                  John C. 19 AL
                  John H. POOL 3 AL
                  Kate J?. DUNCAN 17, Rebecca 14 AL
                  Jane B? (P?) 1 AL
                  Mand? WHITEKON (f) 60 PA -- $0-$3600
                  (MAD: 1850 Marengo Co. AL census; 1870 Talladega Co. AL census; Maria Whitaker sister of Daniel Duncan)
P.O. Pleasant Ridge
Pg.944, #452, J.D. DUNCAN (m) 47 SC planter $6900-$1000
                  E.E. (f) 40 AL
                  J.O. (m) 15, A.M. (m) 13, D.W. (m) 11 AL

1870 Greene Co. AL Census
Eutaw Beat
Pg.663, #90-99, DUNCAN, J.F. (m) 56 SC farming $5000-$1000
                  Eliz. E. 50 AL keeping house
                  David W. 21 AL clerk $0-$200
Pg.665, indexed James Duncan, none found; only a James OWENS, not copied
Pleasant Ridge P.O.
Pg.797, #43-43, BIRD, Madison (m) 30 SC BLACK laborer on farm $0-$10
                  Elizabeth 26 AL BLACK domestic servant
                  STOLK?, Louisa 11 AL MULATTO domestic servant
                  DUNCAN, Thos. 19 AL MULATTO laborer on farm
Pg.802, #125-125, DUNCAN, A.M. (m) 23 AL (white) farmer $0-$350
Pg.802, #126-126, DUNCAN, Wm. 35 AL BLACK laborer on farm $0-$0
                  Mariah 30 NC BLACK
                  Edney (f) 2 AL BLACK
                  Jennie 65 VA BLACK keeping house
Pg.802, #127-127, FOWLER, Jane 21 AL BLACK laborer on farm
                  Minnie (f) 40 AL BLACK domestic servt.
                  Louella (f) 4 AL BLACK
                  DUNCAN, Oscar 24 AL (white) Physician $0-$400
                  LAFAYETTE, Elias 13 AL (white) hostler


Greene Co. AL deed indexes, 1819-1906
      Reverse index (FHL film 1,822,185 item 2)
      Dunham families not copied
      K-936: Newton Fowler to Jas. D. Duncan (book K, 9/1839-11/1840)
      Q-420: W.L. Thomas to J.D. Duncan (book Q, 9/1848-3/1851)
      R-281: Asa White to J.D. Duncan (book R, 3/1851-8/1853)
      S-207: Lenor Alford et al to Jas. D. Duncan (book S, 7/1853-9/1855)
      S-253: Clerk Thos. C. Register to Jas. D. Duncan
      T-105: Lenor Alford et al to Jas. D. Duncan (book T, 9/1855-5/1857)
      U-784: M.D. Carpenter to J.D. Duncan (book U, 5/1857-8/1859)
      X-195: Henry Cookrell to A.M. Duncan (book X, 4/1869-5/1870)
      Y-501: Y. Cook to O. Duncan (book Y, 5/1870-4/1871)
      Y-542: J.D. Duncan to Jas. Duncan et al
      Z-263: Wm. Duncan to A.W. Duncan (book Z, 4/1871-5/1873)
      Direct index (FHL film 1,822,185 item 3)
      N-752: Duncun & Hitt to Jas. M. DeLoach (book N, 4/1843-8/1845)
      U-857: Jas. D. Duncan to Jas. B. Cook
      W-561: Duncan & Gaffney to J.N. Hutton (book W, 9/19/1866-4/1869)
      Y-542: Jas. D. Duncan to J.O., A.M. & D.W. Duncan
      Z-263: Wm. Duncan to A.M. Duncan

Greene Co. AL Deeds
      Y-542: Greene Co. AL, 20 Feb. 1871, James D. Duncan for $3,220 to James Oscar, Augustus Meek and David Walter Duncan of Greene Co. AL, land in Tuscaloosa land district, E 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.33 and N 1/2 NW 1/4 Sec.34 and 10 acres in SE corner of W 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec.33 except 2-1/2 acres in SE corner of first lot, all in Twp.23 R1W; and SW 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec.33 T23 R1W except 10 acres in SE corner of said section, and NW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.33 T23 R1W and NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Sec.33 T23 R1W and SW 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.33 T23 R1W containing 317-1/2 acres, and SW fraction of Sec.35 in T23 R2W containing 142.4 acres, containing in all 460 acres; wit. L.D. Cocksell JP, J.C. Ustick, W.K. Williford. (FHL film 1,822,441 item 2)
      Z-263: Mortgage, 17 Aug. 1871, William (X) Duncan promise to pay A.W. Duncan $25 by 1 Dec. 1871 for medium size cow named red; the above creates a lien on my entire crop, the cow and everything I have; wit. Patrick Gilmore?. (FHL film 1,822,441 item 3)


Greene Co. AL Probate Court Directory, v.A (no dates) (FHL film 1,822,777 item 3)
      Duncan, Jennett L., #2512
      Duncan, Augustus M., 1909, #2609

Greene Co. AL Orphans Court Records; most vols. individually indexed
      Records 1830-1836; note: Vol.C has 2 indexes, use both to find name within volume, they do not agree with each other (FHL film 1,822,778)
            Vol.A - no Duncan
            Vol.B - no Duncan
            Vol.C, both indexes - no Duncan
            Vol.D - no Duncan
      Records 1830-1842 (FHL film 1,822,779)
            Vol.E missing
            Vol.F - no Duncan
            Vol.G - not on film
      Records 1844-1846 (FHL film 1,822,802)
            Vol.H - no Duncan
            Vol.I - no volume I
            Vol.J - no Duncan
      Records 1846-1849; index is out of order alphabetically (FHL film 1,822,803)
            Vol.K - no Duncan
            Vol.L - Norman P. Dunham, not Duncan


Go to the Greene Co. AL Court Records


AL Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865, cards in AL State Archives; Driver to Elich (FHL film 1,462,918)
      MAD: most items were small typed cards, 3x5; some items were very blurred in the filming and were double images and hard to read. Cards had name and rank in upper left corner, service unit usually in upper right corner, notation if Home Guard, details from source were given in center of card, and the "Authority" as the last line on the card. The service record from the Historical Record Roll frequently listed several engagements he served in, dates wounded, absent, present, etc., and I usually did not copy all the details.
      Duncan, J.D., Private, age 51, B. Turnigseld's? Co., 19th Regt. Local Defense. Sept. 10, '64, Greene Co. Beat 14, 15 & 16. Authority: Muster roll, Clinton, Greene Co. AL.
      Duncan, James O., Private, Co.C, 11th AL Inf. Reg. June 11, 1861, Clinton [Greene Co.], AL. Born in AL, student, res. Hopewell [Cleburne Co.], age 16, single. Present 5/30/1862, wounded Gaines Mill 6/27/1862, absent ... present ... to 5/12/1864 (details not copied). Authority: Historical record roll dated near Petersburg, VA, Dec. 31, 1864.
      "Fowler." Name in file: James Oscar Duncan, Private, Co.C, 11th AL Regt., W. Brigade. Born AL, enlisted at age 16 on June 11, 1861, res. P.R., wounded June 27, 1862 at Gaines Mill. (MAD: do not understand "Fowler" written at top of card; no authority given)

AL Confederate Pension Applications, in AL State Archives, Duke - Dunn (FHL film 1,502,781)
      MAD: Did not extract all pension applications for the same person if they gave no other genealogy information. Documents were extracted in order on film. Did not usually copy reason for pension request, which was frequently old age or rheumatism or feebleness; did not always copy witnesses names, which sometimes only said they knew the applicant was of good character and in need of the pension. "Cavalry" was frequently abbreviated "Calv" and spelled "Calvary." Did not usually copy the schedule of property unless it listed land. The complete pension papers should be rechecked individually, following is very brief extract of contents.
      DUNCAN, Oscar, widow Beulah K. Duncan, Greene Co. AL, Private, Co.C, 11th AL Inf. Letter June 6, 1949 (& other letters) regarding Mrs. Beulah Duncan, decd, to Mrs. J.S. Meriwether, Greene Co. Department of Welfare ... the June 1st check for $50 should be returned. Letter May 16, 1949, Mrs. Beulah Duncan, Confederate Pensioner in Greene Co., died on May 14. (MAD: one letter said she had been in California for a year after the death of her husband and before she applied for a pension, staying with her sister-in-law who was ill) Report 14 March 1946, Mrs. Beulah Kersh Duncan, widow of Oscar Duncan who was on pension rolls until his death Feb. 26, 1928, served Co.C, 11th AL Inf., enlisted June 11, 1861 at Clinton, AL, married March 9, 1904. Letter March 1, 1946, she born June 28, 1877. Marriage certificate, Oscar Duncan and Miss Beulah Agusta Kersh, married Greene Co. AL on 9 March 1904 by J.D. Kersh, recorded Record Book F-1 pg.786. (other correspondence not copied) Appl. 26 Sept. 1923 by Oscar Duncan, Greene Co. AL, P.O. Mt. Hebron, AL, age 70 years 1 month 6 days, born and reared in Mt. Hebron, enlisted June 16, 1861, at Clinton, AL, Infantry, private, Co.C, Capt. J.C. Sanders, 11th AL, Col. Moore (Sydenham), served four years, wounded, paroled April 13, 1865, at Appomatox C.H. VA; married first Dec. 3, 1871; mar. second March 9, 1904; present wife age 46 in June 1923; living children: Mrs. F.C. Smith age 51 housewife, Oscar Duncan Jr. age 47 merchant, Mrs. A.C. Crimes age 47 housewife (MAD: ages as given), Jolly Duncan age 38 farmer; in Camp 64 of United Confed. Veterans; previous appl. rejected 1921 because of value of property; now living in my own home. Witness (to service) F.H. Tarr, Co.C 11th AL; joint witnesses (neighbors) C.L. Wilson and Eudora M. Harrison who knew him 60 years or more, and 25 years. Appl. 27 Feb. 1946, Greene Co. AL, by Mrs. Beulah Kersh Duncan widow of Oscar Duncan who died Feb. 26, 1928, at Mt. Hebron, Greene Co. AL, pensioner of Greene Co., married in Greene Co. AL on March 9, 1904; she born Centerville, Bibb Co. AL, June 20, 1877; now age 68 years 8 months 6 days, moved to AL June 20, 1877, lived in AL 6 months before application; witnesses (neighbors) Mrs. C.C. Franklin and L.E. Porter, who knew her 15 years and 15 years.
      MAD: 1907 AL Confederate Soldiers (Pensioners) census shows Augustus Meek Duncan, M.D., post office Pleasant Ridge, AL; b. 27 Jan. 1847 at West Greene in Greene Co. AL; first entered the service as Corporal in Dec. 1863 at Columbus [Lowndes Co.], MS, in Co.A, 16th Conf. Cav. and continued until close of war and was paroled at Gainesville, AL 5 May 1865. From pg.18, Vol.2, Greene Co. AL, "1907 AL Census of Confederate Soldiers" by The Gregath Co.; FHL book 976.1 X22c 1907 v.1 to 5.


Lauderdale Co. AL Probate Minute Book A (FHL film 1,022,607)
      MAD: pages 263, 275, 357, 388, 404, 460, 472, 542, 587, were indexed as Mary Duckett, all were looked at but no others were copied.
      Pg.460-1: Dec. 1853 term; Mary Duckett Estate. Jonathan Rhodes, admin. of estate of Mary Duckett decd. with the will of said Mary annexed, since the last term after said court, viz, 22 Nov. 1853, filed a petition that Mary died seized & possessed of the SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Sec.12 Twp 1 Range 12W containing 39-78/100 acres which cannot be equally and beneficially divided among her heirs; the following are heirs to the estate: Jerusha Williams who resides in SC, Mary Rhodes the "petition", James Williams who lives in SC, Levi Williams who resides in SC, Mary Wesson wife of Frederick Wesson, Barrock Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan, John Duncan all of whom reside in SC, James Duncan who lives in Greene Co. AL, all of whom are of full age, James Duckett who resides in SC and is full age, John Odell, Mary Smart both of whom live in SC and are of full age, and Thomas Smart of full age and living in TN, Nancy Meek and her husband William Meek who reside in MS and Francis Odell who resides in TN, Margaret Scribner wife of Edmond Scribner, Mary Scribner, Samuel Odell, Elizabeth Odell wife of James Odell, Rachel Odell wife of John Odell, all of whom reside in SC, and Levi Odell resides in MS, all of full age. Order issued by court for notice to be made of a hearing at the Jan. term of the court.

HISTORIES before 1923

1856 "Directory of Greene Co. (AL) for 1855-56, Embracing the Names of Voters in the County Generally ..." by V. Gayle Snedecor (FHL booklet 976.1 A1 #38)
      Directory of Greene Co. AL, 1855-1856 - County Directory
            Pg.16: Duncan, John D., planter, Pleasant Ridge precinct, P.O. Hopewell, Sec.33, Twp 23 Range 1W, settled after 1824 since no year of settlement given.

1899 "Early Settlers of Alabama" by Col. James E. Saunders (from Evelyn Sigler 7/1982 and Donna Little 8/1982; FHL fiche 6,018,057)
      Pg.411, Oliver Genealogy: James Oliver of Amelia county (will 1787) mentions children ....
            Isaac Oliver of Nottoway (son of James of the above will, 1787), married Sarah ... When a widow, Mrs. Oliver, with her four younger daughters, removed to Botetourt (now Roanoke county) to be near her brother, who had married a Miss Walton, of the family of Madame Octavia Le Vert, of Mobile, Ala. ... Mrs. Oliver, and daughters, lived on their estate called "Huntingdon," in Roanoke county. Issue: ... 5. Isaac Oliver, of Nottoway m. Mary A. G. Bacon, and had issue: 5. Judge Wm. C., of Tuscaloosa, AL, b. 1817, Eminent lawyer; m. (1) Miss Phillips, and had one son; m. (2) Lizzie Whitehead, and had a son (not known), and also Mrs. D. W. Duncan, of Eutaw, [Greene Co.] AL.


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